Barbara Helland, DOE Office of Science

Barbara Helland is Associate Director of the Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program. In addition to her regular duties, she leads development of DOE’s Exascale Computing Initiative to deliver a system capable of a thousand petaflops by 2021. Helland previously served as ASCR’s Facilities Division Director. Before assuming that role, she served as Program Manager for ASCR Leadership Computing Facilities at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories and for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. She also led expansion of DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, which opened ASCR’s facilities to national researchers, including those in industry. Before joining DOE, Helland developed and managed computational science educational programs at the Krell Institute. She spent 25 years at DOE’s Ames Laboratory, working closely with nuclear physicists and physical chemists to develop real-time operating systems and software tools to automate experimental data collection and analysis. At the lab, she worked on deploying and managing lab-wide computational resources. She received a B.S. in computer science and a M. Ed. in Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development from Iowa State University.